June 17, 2022

The chairman of the Crewe Town board said that “we are getting closer to delivering two fantastic new facilities in Crewe” after the first two Towns Fund projects were approved by the government.

The board is overseeing work to receive up to £22.9m in funding from the government’s Towns Fund and is planning a package of 10 projects that will support Crewe’s ongoing regeneration.

At a recent board meeting, members endorsed the business cases for the Flag Lane Baths Community Hub and Crewe Youth Zone projects and agreed to submit them to government for final approval.

Having now received government approval, funding for these projects will be released later this year.

Doug Kinsman, Chairman of Crewe City CouncilDoug Kinsman, Chairman of the Crewe Town Board, said: “This is great news for the regeneration of Crewe, its communities and the wider region and is testament to the strength of the business cases that have been submitted. .

“Winning the government’s business case approval for the Flag Lane Baths and Youth Zone projects means we are one step closer to delivering two fantastic new facilities in Crewe – and closer to delivering facilities that will meet the needs of our community now and in the future and improve social, mental health and wellness services.

The business cases for the other eight Towns Fund projects will continue to be developed over the next few weeks and will all be submitted to the government, in stages, by the end of the summer for its approval and signature.

It is only once a final financing offer has been made by the government – and once other processes and approvals have been satisfied, such as planning permission in some cases – that physical works on projects can begin.

The Flag Lane Baths project is run by the charity Always Ahead and aims to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of all of Crewe and its people for years to come.

The project, which recently received planning permission, will see the entire site of the former Crewe Pool building transformed into a vibrant destination where people can spend leisure time and receive support; perform a 21st century social function for the people of Crewe; preserving the building’s heritage and keeping the memories of many generations of Crewe residents alive.

The Reverend David Edwards, Executive Director of Always Ahead, said: “Our vision has always been to see Flag Lane Baths once again become a source of great civic pride for the local community, and we look forward to seeing that vision become a reality and for begin the next steps of this project.

“I am delighted to announce that we have now appointed a prime contractor for the project.

“We are in the process of drawing up a schedule of works to secure the site and the building before the start of construction at a later date.

“We are grateful to the City Council and the support and commitment of local residents, community groups, public and private sector organizations who have helped shape the project so far.”

The Crewe Youth Zone project is run by national youth charity OnSide. Youth Zones are state-of-the-art spaces for young people packed with fantastic facilities and activities including dance, music and media skills.

They are staffed with knowledgeable and skilled youth workers who believe in young people and help them realize their potential.

Kathryn Morley, Managing Director of OnSide, said: “The Youth Zone will be an inspiring place with incredible facilities, offering countless opportunities for young people to meet new friends, gain support from youth workers qualified and to discover new passions and new talents.

“It’s an exciting time for Crewe, and we can’t wait to see how things progress.”

Cllr Kathryn Flavell 250x350Councilor Kathryn Flavell, Member responsible for children and families at Cheshire East Council, added: “I am delighted that this final milestone has been reached – it is an important step towards providing this much needed facility for our young people.”

The Youth Zone project also includes a satellite facility for young people on Mirion Street.

The first phase of development for this facility will focus on relocating the South Cheshire Amateur Boxing Club to allow their vibrant clubs to continue to thrive and grow.

Ray Palin, chairman of the Crewe Youth Club charity, said he was ‘delighted’ with the latest news from the Towns Fund for Crewe and that plans were to provide a ‘fabulous new facility’.

Nathan Clarke, Head Coach and Founder of the South Cheshire Amateur Boxing Club, added: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to bring even more young people from Crewe to benefit from our boxing club experience and to work with the Crewe Youth Club and City Council. ”

To see the full list of Towns Fund projects and to learn more about Crewe’s plans, visit: Crewe City Council website.

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